You’ve been out in the sun all day. You can’t wait to get home, put your feet up, and cool off. Then you remember you forgot to turn the temperature down and your house is going to be uncomfortably warm when you arrive. It doesn’t have to be this way. Things are starting to heat up as summer approaches, and there is no better time to upgrade your HVAC system by installing a smart thermostat. Smart thermostats are easy to install, user friendly, and they help you to control the temperature of your home or office from the convenience of a smart phone. This means whether you are away on vacation, or just at work for the day, you can make an adjustment with a few swipes. Here are few FAQs that will help you determine if a smart thermostat is right for your home or business.
What makes a thermostat smart?
These thermostats are labeled as “smart” because they are constantly collecting data and using it to run more efficiently. Efficiency means that the system is running using the least amount of energy to reach the desired temperature quickly. This keeps you comfortable while reducing your energy bill and extending the life of your system. By collecting data, the system learns your preferences and habits. If you adjust the temperature a few degrees each night before you go to bed, the thermostat will recognize that pattern and automatically change the temperature, without being told to do so. This allows the HVAC system to run more efficiently because it can gradually raise or lower the temperature. Manually changing the temperature causes the system to work harder, and reduces its efficiency. By trying to adjust the temperature as quickly as possible, it uses more energy. The smart thermostat also sees how your patterns change throughout seasons. So instead of you having to remember to adjust the thermostat each day, your thermostat will help you do that in a more efficient manner.
Does a smart thermostat actually save money?
The ultimate goal of a smart thermostat is to have your heating and cooling system running as efficiently as possible. This requires less energy, and less energy usage means less money spent monthly on your bill. In the U.S., an average of 10-12% savings on heating and 15% on cooling was reported by smart thermostat users. That’s about $150 in savings a year. A smart thermostat will pay for itself in less than 2 years. You can also get a rebate and money back if you install certain models of smart thermostats, such as varios Ecobee, Braeburn, Honeywell, Emerson and Google Nest models. Look for your model here https://www.energystar.gov/productfinder/product/certified-connected-thermostats/results
Are smart thermostats user friendly?
Overall, models are made to be easy to work with. If you aren’t comfortable with smart technology don’t let that deter you. The benefits greatly outweigh any difficulties you may encounter. Having a smart thermostat installed by a professional will make the transition much smoother. Contact Weather Crafters to talk to a trained HVAC specialist to determine what model is right for you. We are here to answer any questions you have, and to walk you through how to use the new thermostat. Learning how to use the in-home controls, as well as the accompanying app on your phone are important, and we are here to help with each step.
Keep your home or office comfortable and save money by installing a smart thermostat. Based on your lifestyle and your budget, our technicians can help you choose the smart thermostat that is right for you. Smart thermostats are not just for the tech savvy – they work wonderfully in any home or work place. They have large displays and are very user friendly, which means anyone can use them. Best of all, when Weather Crafters installs your smart thermostat, we will be there to help you with the programming and to answer any questions. It doesn’t matter if we installed it yesterday, or two years ago, we are always here to help. Give us a call today to decide which smart thermostat is right for you.